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Re: Claiming theft on tax return

Thanks for the advice. I didn't realize about the 10% of AGI business. Oh well...
by DTSC
Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Claiming theft on tax return
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Claiming theft on tax return

I am wondering if wise Bogleheads have had experience with this situation. We were visiting my mother-in-law last week. Unfortunately, her home was burglarized when we were there. Her laptop and iPad were stolen. I had a computer and iPad stolen along with hers. All told, she lost maybe $2000 worth ...
by DTSC
Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Claiming theft on tax return
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Need advice. My wife is starting a small business

Recommend using Fidelity for solo 401K as they allow rollovers into the plan - in case she has old IRA's she wishes to roll into the 401K. If that's not an issue, using Vanguard is fine. Vanguard does allow electronic transfers to fund the 401K, while with Fidelity you have to mail a paper check. Be...
by DTSC
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need advice. My wife is starting a small business
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Re: physicians [Frustrated, considering early retirement]

The letter carriers are out in this, all day, day after day. I am pretty sure not many doctors are: http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/1/files/2013/02/0209_snow-cars-620x413.jpg You also may be surprised by the burn out rate at the post office. Friend of mine had to basically quit his...
by DTSC
Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physicians [Frustrated, considering early retirement]
Replies: 132
Views: 8808

Re: Thoughts on Chase for everyday banking

I use a Alliant Credit Union and get interest checking with no fees.

I am happy to have paid off my mortgage, which was sold to Chase, so that I will have no further dealings with them ever again.

They are too big to fail and I'm doing my very minor part to make them just a little smaller.
by DTSC
Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on Chase for everyday banking
Replies: 28
Views: 1891

Re: physicians

We really did save her life and I was particularly worried that despite "getting her back" she had suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury. I can't tell you how happy I was to go down to the ICU a few hours after admitting her, see her extubated, and get a hug and kiss from her. That singl...
by DTSC
Wed Feb 25, 2015 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physicians [Frustrated, considering early retirement]
Replies: 132
Views: 8808

Re: physicians

Always on verge of burn out here. Saving 40% of my gross income but started medical career and having children late, so probably won't be able to get out until my 60's, if I live that long... I try to AVOID Sermo. Misery loves company, but only to a point. After a while there's just too much negativ...
by DTSC
Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: physicians [Frustrated, considering early retirement]
Replies: 132
Views: 8808

Re: Rooting for stock to go down to sell?

Why would anyone *ever* wish to lose money or stock value? Having to pay tax, as long as it's not 100%, is always a good thing as it means you made at least some money.
by DTSC
Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:35 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rooting for stock to go down to sell?
Replies: 22
Views: 1684

Re: Request rec for cell phone for thrifty senior

Thanks for the suggestions! The Tracfone looks attractive due to the low initial cost. I don't know if she'll ever use up $100!
by DTSC
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Request rec for cell phone for thrifty senior
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Request rec for cell phone for thrifty senior

My mother-in-law who lives in Los Angeles is finally interested in getting a cell phone. She just wants to keep it in her purse for emergencies. We don't anticipate that she will use more than 30-60 minutes per month, if even that much. She does not travel much more than 5 miles from her home. She w...
by DTSC
Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Request rec for cell phone for thrifty senior
Replies: 7
Views: 315

Re: Rollover IRA to 401(K)

It depends on whether the plan allows rollovers. I don't see why there would be a penalty if it is allowed.
by DTSC
Sat Feb 07, 2015 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Rollover IRA to 401(K)
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: Cutting the cable cord using media center

Can you comment on how fast the processor in your computer must be to be able to use it as a DVR? For me, I had a very old Pentium Dual Core processor (not a core 2 duo) It is a Vostro 200 with Intel 5200 or something like that. I was able to record two HD (1080p) streams off HDHR and watch 3rd one...
by DTSC
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cable cord using media center
Replies: 27
Views: 2984

Re: Cutting the cable cord using media center

Can you comment on how fast the processor in your computer must be to be able to use it as a DVR?
by DTSC
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cable cord using media center
Replies: 27
Views: 2984

Re: 2.875% mortgage pay-off financially justifiable?

I think maybe some of us are suffering from recency bias. How many people wanted to take out a home equity loan to invest in stocks back in 2009? How many want to do that after 5 years of the stock market going up?
by DTSC
Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2.875% mortgage pay-off financially justifiable?
Replies: 35
Views: 3869

Re: New investor building simple Fidelity portfolio

Do you have employees in your company? If not, a solo 401K might allow you higher contributions.
by DTSC
Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:53 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New investor building simple Fidelity portfolio
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: POLL: Prepay car loan (1.75%)

I try not to borrow to buy a depreciating asset. So I'd pay it off. If you don't have a loan, you can raise your car insurance deductible and save on the premiums too.
by DTSC
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: Prepay car loan (1.75%)
Replies: 29
Views: 1461

Re: 2.875% mortgage pay-off financially justifiable?

I paid off a 3.25% mortgage early. Sure, you *might* make more money investing the money in stocks, but you might not. Why borrow and pay any amount of interest if you don't have to?
by DTSC
Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2.875% mortgage pay-off financially justifiable?
Replies: 35
Views: 3869

Re: Hawaii Visit (Maui). Need advice

Best advice I can give - skip out on the conference if you can! Life is short!
by DTSC
Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hawaii Visit (Maui). Need advice
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: "Wining and dining" in medical community

No wining and dining here. Never mind the money, who has time?
by DTSC
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Wining and dining" in medical community
Replies: 35
Views: 3569

Re: Instant coffee

Trader Joe's Columbian is not bad
by DTSC
Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant coffee
Replies: 34
Views: 3481

Re: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?

Thanks for the kind words. I think any income going forward will be relatively low because I just don't have the drive/guts/heart to do the major cases anymore. I feel more comfortable with office work and minor outpatient cases. Just the honest truth. So $200ish would probably be fair in all since...
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?
Replies: 173
Views: 16966

Re: Young Investor Looking For Advise

Any 401K or 403B plan at work? Are you self employed such that you can open your own 401K plan? I'm a self employed freelancer. I've considered LLC-ing myself, but honestly haven't had the time to fully look into it. So in the mean time, it's just my Roth IRA and my brokerage account. However, upon...
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:47 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young Investor Looking For Advise
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: Young Couple Seeking Portfolio Advice

How much in Capital Gains tax do you have to pay when you sell the Publix stock? How long have you held it? I'm all for paying off the higher interest student loans, but not if you are taxed quite a bit to do so. Instead, maybe you can contribute just enough to get the 401K match and use the extra ...
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young Couple Seeking Portfolio Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?

"In the end if a couple with no glaring liabilities can't live on 2.7mill. for 30 yrs. with SS in the next 10 yrs. there is something wrong. " +1 :happy It is all about lifestyle choices. For someone making 500k, living on the 100k or so that 2.7 million implies might be an unacceptable c...
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:49 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?
Replies: 173
Views: 16966

Re: Vanguard or Somewhere Else (Solo 401k)

As the manager of my wife's solo 401K plan, we've used both Vanguard and Fidelity. Both are easy to set up. We use Fidelity now as it allows incoming IRA rollovers and we wanted to eventually do a backdoor Roth. If this is not important to you, I would use Vanguard for the logistical reason - Vangua...
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:31 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard or Somewhere Else (Solo 401k)
Replies: 13
Views: 1586

Re: Young Investor Looking For Advise

Any 401K or 403B plan at work? Are you self employed such that you can open your own 401K plan?
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:24 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young Investor Looking For Advise
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: Young Couple Seeking Portfolio Advice

How much in Capital Gains tax do you have to pay when you sell the Publix stock? How long have you held it? I'm all for paying off the higher interest student loans, but not if you are taxed quite a bit to do so. Instead, maybe you can contribute just enough to get the 401K match and use the extra i...
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:18 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Young Couple Seeking Portfolio Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 866

Re: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?

WormWood wrote:I’d like to quit, in other words.

I’m tired.


Enough said! How many more years did you plan to work anyway, even if there changes in the hospital?

I think doing Locum tenens is a great idea. You can keep your skills up in case you want/need to come out of retirement.
by DTSC
Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:10 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I Declare Victory and Pack It In?
Replies: 173
Views: 16966

Re: help with portfolio for couple in mid to very late 80s

If you haven't done so, make sure your father is enrolled with the VA and also signs up with whatever Veterans services are available to him. Sign up NOW as it may take months (years) for the application to grind through the system. He might never need any services, but it's good to have just in ca...
by DTSC
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with portfolio for couple in mid to very late 80s
Replies: 20
Views: 2566

Re: Helping adult child understand investing

In terms of educating your daughter, give her Mike Piper's book - Investing Made Simple. Very concise and easy to understand. Not at all intimidating. Even less so that Bogleheads Guide http://www.amazon.com/Investing-Made-Simple-Index-Explained-ebook/dp/B004KA9RN2/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=U...
by DTSC
Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Helping adult child understand investing
Replies: 38
Views: 3412

Re: student loan

Check out http://whitecoatinvestor.com/ and also buy his book. A must read for a new dentist. It's the best $10 I ever spent. (I don't get any financial benefit from promoting this book)
by DTSC
Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: student loan
Replies: 6
Views: 790

Re: help with portfolio for couple in mid to very late 80s

Replying more to give you a bump. If you haven't done so, make sure your father is enrolled with the VA and also signs up with whatever Veterans services are available to him. Sign up NOW as it may take months (years) for the application to grind through the system. He might never need any services,...
by DTSC
Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with portfolio for couple in mid to very late 80s
Replies: 20
Views: 2566

Re: Older Brother is a New MD

3 words: White Coat Investor

Go to whitecoatinvestor.com


Buy him the WCI book. It's the best $10 any doctor can spend
by DTSC
Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:16 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Older Brother is a New MD
Replies: 24
Views: 3241

Re: Florida West Coast vacation with small kids

Just 1 piece of general advice: Make sure your kids have played on a beach before, and like playing on a beach. Several summers ago, we took our 4 and 2 year old daughters to the Florida panhandle. We got a nice beachfront condo, etc. They played on the beach a couple days, but then discovered the p...
by DTSC
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida West Coast vacation with small kids
Replies: 24
Views: 2656

Re: What do you drive, and why?

4 door 2012 Mazda 3

40 mpg on the highway, near 30 mpg in the city (depends on weather)
Fun to drive
Paid <$25K, new
by DTSC
Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you drive, and why?
Replies: 205
Views: 17776

Re: Start a Roth IRA for Grandson

I think it's legit as long as you pay him the market rate for his work - you can't pay him $50 per hour for yard work when professional landscapers are getting $10-15. The question is whether you'll have 200 hours of yard work for him to do (and whether he wants to do 200 hours of yardwork) Thanks ...
by DTSC
Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Start a Roth IRA for Grandson
Replies: 30
Views: 2141

Re: Start a Roth IRA for Grandson

I think it's legit as long as you pay him the market rate for his work - you can't pay him $50 per hour for yard work when professional landscapers are getting $10-15. The question is whether you'll have 200 hours of yard work for him to do (and whether he wants to do 200 hours of yardwork)
by DTSC
Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Start a Roth IRA for Grandson
Replies: 30
Views: 2141

Re: H&R Block Tax Software - Low Prices at Amazon

How do you like this software package versus TurboTax?
by DTSC
Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R Block Tax Software - Low Prices at Amazon
Replies: 40
Views: 3011

Re: New Boglehead Seeking Advice

Responding more to give you a bump I would do 3 funds rather than 4. Just keep it simple. Generally, you should consider all of your money as a whole - not "inherited" versus "earned" money - in terms of your asset allocation. An exception for this might be a separate bucket for ...
by DTSC
Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:27 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: New Boglehead Seeking Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 1724

Re: handling large market drops

How do you know it won't drop more after a big drop? Phrased another way, how do you know it's the market bottom? Can you really time the market?
by DTSC
Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: handling large market drops
Replies: 17
Views: 1839

Re: Home Mortgage payoff

I just paid off my mortgage this week. There is no better feeling than to be debt free and knowing that my family will have a place to live even if I croak today. IMO, it's well worth the few thousand dollars extra you'll make from investing the money instead. Also, you're getting a 3.37% return, wi...
by DTSC
Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Mortgage payoff
Replies: 22
Views: 2618

Re: Portfolio Assessment? Lurker turned poster

Replying more to give you a bump than to offer great advice. However, I noticed you want to pay 20% down for a home in 2015. Do you have a separate bucket of money earmarked for that? How much will you need? Housing in Chicagoland certainly isn't cheap, so you are easily looking at $40-50K, probably...
by DTSC
Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio Assessment Help - Retirement Foundations
Replies: 4
Views: 718

Re: Side jobs or hobbies that make you money

I'm a carpenter myself and my best friend is an electrician. I have good friends in HVAC and plumbing as well. Fixing the house up would be no problem. The scary part for me is all the paperwork involved. I know nothing about it as I have never purchased a home. I can go down to the dmv pay $10 wit...
by DTSC
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Side jobs or hobbies that make you money
Replies: 127
Views: 19342

Re: Flagship

Congrats! An excellent achievement!
by DTSC
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Flagship
Replies: 22
Views: 3047

Re: Seeking Advice About Self-Employed 401(K) Plan

tfb wrote:Don't debate too long. If you want to contribute for 2014, you must open the plan by 12/31. Remember to make it effective 1/1/2014. This replaces SEP.


tfb,

Thanks for reminding us of the deadline! Also, thanks for the excellent How-to Backdoor Roth article!
by DTSC
Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:39 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Seeking Advice About Self-Employed 401(K) Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 1722

Re: Seeking Advice About Self-Employed 401(K) Plan

Based on your having many other accounts at Fidelity already, you should probably open your 401K at Fidelity as well. Besides, I know for a fact that you can buy Vanguard ETF's from your Fidelity 401K plan (they call it a Keogh Plan) -- I just bought some VSS this afternoon!
by DTSC
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:07 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Seeking Advice About Self-Employed 401(K) Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 1722

Re: What desktop should I buy.

How much do you want to spend? What do you intend to use the computer for?

I'm quite happy with my Dell XPS 8700 with Core i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM. Currently $600-$700 at Costco or Dell's website. Go to hotdealsclub.com or bensbargains.net and watch for deals
by DTSC
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What desktop should I buy.
Replies: 36
Views: 2743

Re: Seeking Advice About Self-Employed 401(K) Plan

From experience managing my wife's solo 401K plan, Vanguard does not charge any fees - at least they didn't as of 6 months ago. However, we transferred her plan to Fidelity because Fidelity allows IRA rollovers INTO the 401K plan. She had a couple of old IRA's from prior jobs and we wanted roll that...
by DTSC
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Seeking Advice About Self-Employed 401(K) Plan
Replies: 22
Views: 1722

Re: 529 Plan - Need AA Help, Torn between UT, NV, NY plans

I've been very happy with Utah's plan. Great investment choices (including a la carte). Good website. Great customer service. Very competitive low fees. Don't over think this. The key thing is that you're investing now. Thanks! I'll go with Utah then. Appreciate the responses. How do people figure ...
by DTSC
Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 529 Plan - Need AA Help, Torn between UT, NV, NY plans
Replies: 10
Views: 842
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